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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:30 pm

I say something nice about El Blimpo and he hits into a double play. Serves me right.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby CERV96 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:33 pm

In for opening day. Have a big tailgate planned. Will post lot location if anyone is interested.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Bioshock on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:00 pm

canaan wrote:
Bioshock wrote:Wouldn't be caught dead at PNC Park on opening day or any day for that matter. Refuse to give this joke franchise my money.

you are one bad mammajamma


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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby schreibdog on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:07 pm

Hunter Strickland and Clint Robinson DFA'd to make room for Jonathan Sanchez and Inge on the 40-man.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:14 pm

so they dont give clint robinson a legit chance whatsoever. oh well.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Mr. Colby on Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:01 pm

He's a 28 year old with 4 career big league at bats that we acquired for 2 guys who as far as I know don't even exist
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:28 pm

http://triblive.com/sports/pirates/3731 ... z2OkzRg4wW

I'm going to feel badly when I turn on him this year after he starts getting shelled.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:30 pm

Where would one find a Burnett Jersey in dahn tahn?
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ville5 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:41 am

After seeing final roster, prediction changes to 70 wins. Think I had 77 before.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:55 am

FreeCandy44 wrote:Where would one find a Burnett Jersey in dahn tahn?


Is that pirates store still down fifth towards downtown from the arena?
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:40 am

The rotation is questionable. The bullpen looks like it may be a disaster.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby FreeCandy44 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:44 am

Rocco wrote:The rotation is questionable. The bullpen looks like it may be a disaster.

So your saying there's a chance? Yeah!
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:48 am

Rocco wrote:The rotation is questionable. The bullpen looks like it may be a disaster.


I think the bullpen will be adequate, the rotation looks like there's more uncertainty/chance for disaster.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:57 am

Troy Loney wrote:
Rocco wrote:The rotation is questionable. The bullpen looks like it may be a disaster.


I think the bullpen will be adequate, the rotation looks like there's more uncertainty/chance for disaster.


Agreed. I bet the bullpen is fine. Questionable is the best way to describe the rotation.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:05 pm

Troy Loney wrote:
Rocco wrote:The rotation is questionable. The bullpen looks like it may be a disaster.


I think the bullpen will be adequate, the rotation looks like there's more uncertainty/chance for disaster.


Leroux's velocity is down. Gomez has done little to suggest he's any good, and probably shouldn't be on the team. Grilli is on lockdown until the 9th inning. Melancon should be better than last year but it's not a given. Hughes struggled down the stretch last year. MATW is MATW. There's a lot of reason to be concerned once the starters leave the game. If Melancon, Hughes and MATW pitch well then things will be okay since those 3 will get the bulk of the meaningul innings and Gomez can pitch in blowouts until the team gives up on him for Morris. If one of those 3 struggle then we're going to see a lot of Leroux and that's not a good thing.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Troy Loney on Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:19 pm

i think if you look at like Leroux and Gomez replace Cruz and Resop you might feel more positive about things...i mean you can't get worse than that right? And if they get Wilson to throw strikes, he could be an excellent lefty specialist coming in late in games.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby ulf on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:29 pm

If the Pirates have done anything well, it's been putting together good bullpens. I'm not overly optimistic about it but we'll see.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Loaf31 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:25 am

Switched my seats this year. Went from 3rd base to 1st base line. Can't wait for Opening Day...

Sunday is going to be 58 and sunny and Monday is 45 with rain/snow mix....hopefully that changes
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:36 am

ulf wrote:If the Pirates have done anything well, it's been putting together good bullpens. I'm not overly optimistic about it but we'll see.


Thats how I look at it as well.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Kovy27 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:42 am

Loaf31 wrote:Switched my seats this year. Went from 3rd base to 1st base line. Can't wait for Opening Day...

Sunday is going to be 58 and sunny and Monday is 45 with rain/snow mix....hopefully that changes


They said it was going to rain Sunday afternoon and most of it should be gone by Monday.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Rocco on Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:42 am

ulf wrote:If the Pirates have done anything well, it's been putting together good bullpens. I'm not overly optimistic about it but we'll see.


I think they'll be okay once Liriano and Morton get back. That will move Locke and Sanchez out of the rotation and will help the bullpen. They also have Morris and McPherson, and Cole's arrival will push another pitcher into the bullpen. It may take a while to shake things out there until it is a functional pen.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby cheesesteakwithegg on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:54 am

Here is Keith Law's NL Central preview. Glowing review of the Pirates

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He picks them to finish last, with a record of 75-87


If the Nationals aren't the best team on paper, I'd like to nominate the Cincinnati Reds, even though they're trying to dance in the outfield with three left feet. The lineup is mostly deep -- made worse by Dusty Baker's insistence on batting Zack Cozart second -- and the rotation and bullpen are both among the best in the league.

The St. Louis Cardinals aren't that far behind, short in the middle infield but deep in the outfield, rotation, and bullpen, where potential replacement starters Trevor Rosenthal and Joe Kelly will start the season.

I would have had the Brewers sub-.500 before they signed Kyle Lohse, and I still think they have a higher collapse potential than any of the other teams I've projected to have winning records, with a strong lineup but big questions in the bullpen and no great options if they have to replace a starter.

The Chicago Cubs are an unbalanced team, but I'm cautiously optimistic about their rotation; they could also deal Matt Garza or Alfonso Soriano midyear, making the team worse than this projection would indicate.

The Pittsburgh Pirates look like a mediocre offense with a very weak pitching staff, desperate for a big breakout from Starling Marte or Travis Snider, or a huge impact from Gerrit Cole midyear, none of which seems that likely from here.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby pfim on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:58 am

The Pittsburgh Pirates look like a mediocre offense with a very weak pitching staff, desperate for a big breakout from Starling Marte or Travis Snider, or a huge impact from Gerrit Cole midyear, none of which seems that likely from here.


Can't say I disagree. The team hasn't added anyone of substance, they're looking for improvement strictly from who was on the roster last year. Doesn't sound like a recipe for success.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby Idoit40fans on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:05 pm

The Braves not getting discussed as right there on paper annoys me. I don't think i'm being a homer when I say the NL East win is a coin toss between Atlanta and the Nats.
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Re: Official 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Postby KennyTheKangaroo on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:13 pm

pfim wrote:
The Pittsburgh Pirates look like a mediocre offense with a very weak pitching staff, desperate for a big breakout from Starling Marte or Travis Snider, or a huge impact from Gerrit Cole midyear, none of which seems that likely from here.


Can't say I disagree. The team hasn't added anyone of substance, they're looking for improvement strictly from who was on the roster last year. Doesn't sound like a recipe for success.


improvement seems especially unlikely considering jones, pedro, walker, and mccutchen all had career years. for those guys, the amount of incremental improvement wont be enough.
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